How to See Who RTd Your ContentHovey
One of the downfalls to using Hootsuite as my everyday access point for Twitter is that it’s not always easy to tell who has retweeted my content. If they’ve tagged @anitahovey then of course I’m going to see it pop up as a mention, but if they haven’t, it’s a little harder.
Twitter.com gives you the option to receive an email every time someone retweets you, and I do get those, but I find it cumbersome to translate a bunch of e-mails into thank yous on Twitter. Twitter.com also shows you very easily who has RTd your post, so usually if I have a lot of people to thank, I will go straight to Twitter.com and find the tweet.
Let’s say I want to know all of the people that retweeted this update:
Embeddable Tweets–What, Why and How bit.ly/XTHruY on the Twirp Communications blog today.
— Anita Hovey (@anitahovey) January 22, 2013
All you have to do is open the tweet details by clicking on the main tweet, so that it looks like this:
This window tells you how many times it was retweeted and shows the avatars of some of the retweeters on the right. If it’s a small enough number they may all be represented there, but you might not know their account names to thank them. Now you click on the number of retweets and you get a list of them all:
Not only do you have a quick list of who’s interested in your content, but you can see whether or not you are following them and perhaps what their name or oganization is. To quickly thank them all, open a second tab/window with Twitter in it and include them all in one post.
The bigger question here is “Should you thank everyone who RTs your content?” I know lots of tweeters who don’t thank me when I RT their content, but I also know lots who do. I don’t thank people for RTing everything, but if it’s my own original content or pithy thought, then yes, I think you should try to thank those who share. What do you think?